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THE WORKFIT BLOG

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Following a successful event in Cape Town on 22 August, the WorkFit team gathered at Emoyeni Conference venue in Parktown on Thursday, 29 August to close out phase 1 of the WorkFit Campaign. Surrounded by familiar faces as well as new and excited ones, the...

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The events held in Cape Town and Johannesburg towards the end of August had one thing in common: celebrating the end of a successful first phase of the WorkFit Campaign and introducing the exciting second phase: WorkFit Campus.  

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For the first time since the start of the project, the WorkFit team visited Cape Town in August. This visit was scheduled after requests from some of the organisations we’d interacted with during the first phase of the project.    The trip was filled with...

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The WorkFit Campaign is a non-profit initiative that supports TVET colleges and other organisations in boosting youth employability. Supported by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, WorkFit is the last project of the Digital Jobs Africa initiative which aimed to catalyse new, sustainable employment opportunities...

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The CSTO initiative is an official Department of Higher Education & Training (DHET) project to improve the employability of TVET students.  The Lead Seta Offices Project was initiated in 2012 with the realisation that Setas were closer to the labour market and had better employer...

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As we prepare to close out Phase 1 of the WorkFit Campaign, our team has spent some time reflecting over the past 20 months to identify and acknowledge key events which have been critical in the evolution and success of the project.   Hosting Public...

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July 2019 represents the 20th month of the WorkFit Campaign advancing South African youth employability programmes. During these 20 months, WorkFit has had numerous engagements with different stakeholders across this space. One of the most successful engagements to date has been with DHET’s Career Development...

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At the onset of the WorkFit Campaign, the team decided that it was important to recommend policy changes that would affect positive change in the TVET space. Given that partnerships are a key topic in the WorkFit Toolkit, the team chose to focus their efforts...

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One of the objectives of the WorkFit Campaign is to scale work readiness programmes to address the challenge of unemployed youth. So many programmes seem to have such high costs that they are not going to scale. We learned that volunteering is a viable way...

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WorkFit’s Chris Vorwerk was invited to speak at SABPP’s (South African Board for People’s Practice) second Learning and Development Conference. The conference took place on Wednesday, 29 May at Birchwood Conferencing centre and was filled with a host of diverse speakers. The conference focused on...

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The WorkFit team met with Zarina Khan and Cheryl James who are working at NEPAD in the skills and youth portfolio. Their positions are funded by German International Cooperation (GIZ). The purpose of the meeting was to explore opportunities to collaborate and network. NEPAD is...

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BPeSA has a good news story to tell when it comes to the viral topic of unemployment and economic growth in South Africa: there are plenty of jobs possible in the Global Business Services (GBS) sector. But what is the GBS sector? And who is...

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The Workfit Team visited YES4Youth in April and chatted to CEO Dr. Tashmia Ismail-Saville about synergies between the two initiatives which seek to positively impact youth unemployment. YES is happening  YES is gaining significant traction. They have 87 000 youth registered on their system. In the...

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The fourth industrial revolution is upon us: the age of digital disruption. It represents a fundamental change in the way that society lives, works and relates to one another as highlighted during Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams’ 4IR engagement session with the creative industry held earlier in...

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  On Friday, 12 April the WorkFit Campaign was invited to present to Port Elizabeth’s monthly Human Resources (HR) Forum. This event was held at Harambee’s PE offices and hosted 70 individuals from different organisations, all with an interest in HR practices and youth employability....

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The National Skills Authority’s 2019 Skills Conference was centred around ‘Building a demand-led skills development system that focuses on inclusive economic growth’. The WorkFit Campaign was lucky enough to not only attend this prestigious conference but also to engage with the delegates as an exhibitor....

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2018 has been an exciting year for youth employment in South Africa: YES (Youth Employment Scheme) was launched in March, aiming to connect 1 million youth to jobs by creating new work opportunities with partners in business, government, labour and in communities; TVETs and SETAs...

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Youth unemployment is a significant issue prevalent across our globe. While there are many reasons for this, a critical one is the lack of work readiness and employability skills. This is the result of the large gap between what and how students learn in school...

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On Tuesday 2 October, the WorkFit Campaign held it’s first Convening, “Disrupting Youth Unemployment” at Harambee’s inspiring youth accelerator in Marshalltown, Johannesburg. The day was filled with informative presentations about the current state of youth unemployment in South Africa with dialogue flowing freely around implementing...

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The Youth Employment Service (YES) got a boost this week. The Codes of Good Practice for the Youth Employment Service (YES) were published on Tuesday. You can download them from here. YES is a business-led initiative supported by Government and Labour. The purpose of the...

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It is significant that President Ramaphosa has placed youth employment at the top of the national agenda and is matching words with actions in the form of incentives and support for initiatives like the Youth Employment Service (YES). YES is a business-led collaboration with government and labour that...

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As a TVET College or University there are numerous benefits to partnering with the WorkFit Campaign Access to Resources and Technical Support Joining WorkFit means you’ll gain access to numerous resources as well as technical support to improve the employability outcomes of your college or...

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